Past Cohorts

2019-20

  • Karen Cunningham

    Karen Cunningham led a successful career in marketing and brand management, primarily in the consumer packaged goods and foodservice industries. She worked for Pet, Inc. and The Pillsbury Company in progressive brand management roles for various grocery and frozen brands, including Häagen-Dazs ice cream and novelties. Most recently, she led product development, marketing and creative strategy, creative development and execution, and menu development and engineering for Steak n Shake Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Cunningham serves on the board of Paws & Think, a dog therapy organization, and she and her dog Archie, work as a therapy team. She earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. in marketing from Indiana University.

  • Catherine David

    Cathy David is a lifelong student of leadership and organizational behavior. A longtime retail executive, she recently retired as the executive vice president of merchandising at Pier 1 Imports. She has also been president of multiple companies. In addition, she led the team that launched target.com, owned a restaurant, co-founded a social and sports league, and raised and raced thoroughbred horses. Ms. David, who was featured in Fort Worth Business CEO Magazine, is the chair of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce International Committee, a member of the Advisory Council for the Undergraduate Experience at Notre Dame, and a regent at the University of Portland. She received her B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Notre Dame and her M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

  • Gloria Fleming

    Gloria Fleming led a successful career in pediatric physical therapy for 42 years. She held senior positions in several general and children's hospitals in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. Ms. Fleming was also an independent contractor for several public and private school districts, in addition to providing pediatric home care for 10 years. She is entering her 10th year as a host committee member for The Cooper Foundation, which sponsors an annual fundraiser for breast and gynecological cancers. She is also actively involved in a minority faith-based cancer support group sponsored by MD Anderson at Cooper. Ms. Fleming earned a B.A. in biology from Immaculata College, a Physical Therapy Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

  • John Gallagher

    John Gallagher, an international finance executive, has lived and worked on three continents, Asia, Europe, and North America, where he has helped to build or maintain brokerage businesses for such firms as Morgan Stanley, Kidder Peabody, and Shearson Lehman. For the last dozen years, he has run an independent third-party fund distribution business largely out of Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Gallagher has deep expertise in building successful securities businesses, and for more than 15 years has maintained a particular focus on alternative investments. The former college basketball player, who earned his B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, enjoyed an almost decade-long career as a player and coach for teams in France and in Switzerland, where he completed a French language program and earned an M.B.A. at Université de Lausanne before embarking on a 40-year brokerage career. At the end of his ILI year, Mr. Gallagher will proudly celebrate his 50th Class Reunion at Notre Dame.

  • Patricia Lefevere

    From her early days on a family farm in Minnesota, Patricia Lefevere always held an interest in the wider world, a passion that has served her well as a globe-trotting journalist who has traveled to some 70 countries and reported stories from six continents, covering everything from the United Nations and the Vatican to the plight of refugees in war-torn regions and the everyday workings of local government offices. Her award-winning work has appeared in multiple publications in the United States, Europe and Asia. Ms. Lefevere has enjoyed opportunities to meet and interview several Nobel Peace Prize laureates and to lecture at a number of universities. She earned her B.A. in journalism and political science from Marquette University and her Masters in Drama from the United Kingdom's University of Essex, Colchester.

  • Eileen Lindburg

    Eileen Lindburg was a co-owner of CBRE-Albany, the largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in the Albany, New York region, and its first female broker. Throughout her career, she assisted small businesses and international corporations in their site selection, lease negotiations, acquisitions, and disposition of the properties used for their businesses. Ms. Lindburg's background prior to real estate included working in commercial lending for Marine Midland Bank, serving as chief financial officer for a family construction business, and working in corporate finance for the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers. Her community and non-profit service work included stints with Equinox, The Nature Conservancy of Eastern New York, the Albany Academy for Girls, Tech Valley High School, and the regional chamber of commerce. She earned her B.A. in sociology from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN, and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

  • William Miller

    Bill Miller worked in financial management in the food industry for Cargill, Incorporated, General Foods Corporation, and Oscar Mayer and Co. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Minneapolis and completed it as a CPA in private practice. Mr. Miller's passion for fighting food insecurity led him to serve on the boards of food banks in Wichita, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. In addition, he taught in a Minneapolis church's HopeMakers program and co-founded Pathways, a program that helps people living in economic poverty develop faith-based life skills. Mr. Miller and his wife, Ann, have four children and eleven grandchildren, and he enjoys an active lifestyle that includes teaching spin classes. He earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

  • Juliana Otieno, M.D.

    Juliana Otieno grew up on a Kenyan sugarcane farm, traveling eight miles to attend school as a child. Her passion for education ultimately led her to earn a medical degree from the University of Nairobi before embarking on an accomplished three-decade career in public health, one that challenged her to work as the only pediatrician in an area and to serve as chief executive officer of Western Kenya's largest public teaching and referral hospital. Dr. Otieno worked with colleagues to obtain a grant to enable them to open the first public HIV clinic at the hospital in Kisumu, Kenya and tackle an urgent public health crisis. Despite her busy schedule, Dr. Otieno continued to teach and mentor students throughout her career before retiring in 2018.

  • Charles Pine

    Charly Pine and his wife, Jodie, set out as a young couple to live in China as agents of transformation. More than 20 years later, they returned to the United States realizing how deeply they had been changed by their cross-cultural experiences. Mr. Pine's commitment to learning and honoring the Chinese language and culture opened doors for him as he pursued a career in higher education, including his role as a founding director of the New Century Language and Culture Center. He and his family later moved to China's Gansu Province, where he conducted advanced ethnographic research among Muslim ethnic minorities, an experience that inspired him to serve as an interfaith peacemaker. Mr. Pine earned his B.A. from the University of Missouri and his M.A. in Chinese language and culture from the University of Kansas.

  • Orlando Rodriguez

    Born in Cuba and educated in the United States, Orlando Rodriguez enjoyed a 30-year career in international commercial banking that took him across Latin America. He pursued multiple businesses, lived in Panama City and Caracas, and travelled extensively, especially in Brazil. Mr. Rodriguez most recently worked in a corporate finance boutique that provides advisory services to small-to-medium businesses. For the past decade, he has participated in Kairos Prison Ministry International. In addition, he had translated and annotated his father's autobiography, written 24 short stories and a three-act play, is developing a historical fiction novel, and enjoys competitive ballroom dancing. Mr. Rodriguez earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in economics from Stanford University.

  • William Schenher

    William Schenher has enjoyed a distinguished career in banking and corporate treasury. After beginning with residential construction lending at Banc One in the Midwest, he relocated to Silicon Valley, where he worked in various roles in corporate treasury. He rose through the ranks of various companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Brocade, and Fujitsu America, before ultimately building and leading his own treasury departments. Mr. Schenher helped manage the HP-Compaq integration and guide treasuries through the economic turmoil of 2001 and 2008. After 20 years in corporate treasury, he returned to Indiana to focus on family and turn his attentions to his local community center, where he enjoys working to enrich the experiences of the adaptive members of the community. Mr. Schenher received his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Purdue University.

  • Victoria Seeger

    Vickie Seeger served in several leadership roles over the course of her 34-year career with General Reinsurance Corporation. Most recently, she worked as regional underwriting officer in North American treaty reinsurance operations, where she led underwriting and actuarial teams in establishing, maintaining and implementing underwriting and pricing protocols. Prior to that she held the position of  chief underwriting officer of the group's insurance operations. Her areas of expertise include business analytics, operational excellence, product development, and regulation. Ms. Seeger has also served on several boards and has been active with insurance industry advocacy organizations. She earned her B.A. in management and economics from Luther College and her M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

  • Cari Shein

    Cari Shein owns Shein Realty, where for the past 30 years she has acted as principal in manufactured and modular home subdivision and park development, and in the rehabilitation and trade of small commercial properties. Additionally, she held active roles in her family's manufacturing business, the Commodore Corporation, a national supplier of factory-built housing. Ms. Shein has been an active participant in her community and has served on many boards, including the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Michiana Mathtracks, WNIT (a PBS affiliate), and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. She earned a B.A. in political science from UCLA, a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

  • Michael Thieneman

    Michael Thieneman served in various roles throughout his distinguished career with Whirlpool. His tenure with the company took him to Canada, where he helped solve engineering and quality issues before becoming general manager of Whirlpool's Canadian business. Later roles provided Mr. Thieneman with opportunities in Italy, where he turned around a failing operation, and in Michigan, where he took over the company's global procurement operations before serving as executive vice president of both its North American and global operations. After retiring, he spent three years sailing around the world. Mr. Thieneman and his wife, Cathy, enjoy spending time with their four daughters and 13 grandchildren. He earned a B.A. in physics from Bellarmine College, an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky.

  • Philip White

    Phil White's 30-year legal career focused on the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects around the world and the disputes that arise from them. He capped his legal career as co-leader of the Infrastructure Practice Group at Dentons US, LLP and still serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Engineering, teaching on managing and resolving construction disputes. Mr. White has also been active as a volunteer working with the youth and stewardship programs at his local church, providing business and legal support to international development projects through the Episcopal Church, serving on the boards of several nonprofits and providing legal representation to nonprofits and indigent criminal defendants. He earned a B.A. in economics from New York University and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School.

2018-19

  • John Graham

    John Graham served as an officer of HCR ManorCare, a diversified healthcare services company, where he spent over 30 years of his career. His areas of specialization include memory care, general assisted living, hospice, home health, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and physician practice management. Mr. Graham serves as Board President of Mobile Meals of Toledo, a nonprofit social service agency, and is Treasurer of Saint Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. He also serves on the Student Affairs Alumni Advisory Board at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. Mr. Graham earned an M.B.A from the University of Virginia’s Darden School and a B.S. in Management and Economics from Virginia Tech.

  • William Hopkins

    “Tuck” Hopkins served as partner of Barnes and Thornburg, LP. He joined the law firm in 1998, and he served as a member of the firm-wide management committee and in various other leadership roles. Prior to that, Mr. Hopkins was president and an owner of a boutique labor law firm, where he began his career. He has worked with a large number of public and private schools concerning board governance and issues facing education. Mr. Hopkins earned his J.D. from the University of St. Louis and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Jefferson Ko

    Jeff Ko took on various roles in the Global Markets Division of several European banks, and was Head of Structured Products in Wealth Management for Maybank Singapore. He began his banking career in the Philippines before moving on to more senior roles in Singapore, including at ING, where he covered the East Asia region. During his free time, Jeff enjoys playing badminton, scuba diving, and traveling. In addition, he has served as a volunteer mentor to university graduates starting their professional careers. Jeff received his Management Engineering degree from Ateneo de Manila University.

  • David Kostolansky

    Dave Kostolansky served as chairman and chief executive officer of Schaefer Equipment, Inc., a manufacturer of carbon and alloy steel forgings for the railroad and mining industries. During his tenure at Schaefer, he directed product management, marketing and sales, and engineering, as he ascended the organization. He has served on numerous boards for both community nonprofit organizations, foundations and business associations. Mr. Kostolansky earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

  • John Madden

    John Madden served as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of First National Bank and Trust of La Grange, IL, a multi-bank community holding company. During his 50-year career, he also served as chairman of Heritage Bank of Schaumburg, IL, and its holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Madden served military duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, Mr. Madden serves on both the Notre Dame Arts and Letters Advisory Council and the Notre Dame Ireland Advisory Council. Mr. Madden earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Louis Marchioli

    Louis Marchioli, M.D., built one of the largest private medical practices in both pediatric and adult allergy and immunology in Southern California. After a fellowship in allergy and immunology, his patient roster included many severe adult and pediatric asthmatic patients. Because of the large number, he was able to stratify patient phenotypes early on, enabling more precise and beneficial treatments. With the advent of Health Management Organization medicine, he made the decision to remain in private practice in order to give patients the best quality of care. The decision required returning to the speciality of internal medicine and enhancing patient and family contact so that they could understand and be given the proper advancements in medicine with less third-party interference. Dr. Marchioli has served as president of Whittier Academy of Medicine, LA County Medical Association East District and has served on numerous boards and ministries. He has received multiple honors and awards for his service and quality of practice. Dr. Marchioli earned his M.D. from Saint Louis University and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Kevin Phelan

    Kevin Phelan worked for the Most Rev. Robert Morlino in the capacity of chancellor in the Dioceses of Helena, MT, and Madison, WI. His primary responsibility was developing guidelines and processes to ensure that children and young adults were protected from sexual abuse. He also implemented support procedures for victims and their families and managed the lay staff. He oversaw major projects, including reorganizing parishes, financing the education of priests, and repurposing diocesan property to increase cash flow to diocesan ministries. Prior to this, Mr. Phelan served as chief operating officer for the Services Division of both Lucent Technologies and Avaya, as well as various management positions with AT&T. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and B.A. degrees in English and Philosophy from Regis College in Denver.

  • Walter Piacsek (Associate)

    Walter Piacsek served as partner at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm where he was head of Latin American operations, which he founded. Prior to that, Mr. Piacsek worked for Banco Votorantim, where he served as executive vice president and co-head of Wholesale Banking, and subsequently, as COO. He was also partner, managing director, and head of the Boston Consulting Group in Brazil after starting his career at Citibank. Mr. Piacsek has served on various boards of leading NGO’s in Brazil in public education, development of social investment, and child nutrition. Mr. Piacsek earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

  • Camille Rudge

    Camille Rudge served as the founding managing director and former head of Capital Markets at CIBC Bank U.S. (formerly The PrivateBank), where she established a key strategic business for CIBC’s recently expanded U.S. footprint. Throughout her 30-year career, Ms. Rudge developed ten derivatives franchises across a variety of asset classes including currencies, interest rates, and commodities. Ms. Rudge has been a longstanding board member of both Chicago Children’s Museum and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago while also holding various other chair and executive committee positions. Ms. Rudge earned her M.B.A. from Northwestern University and her B.S. in Computer Science from Bucknell University.

  • Cynthia Sescleifer

    Cindy Sescleifer led a successful career in medical sales with Marion Laboratories in Fort Wayne, IN, and then with Schering-Plough and Beckman Instruments in St. Louis before making the choice to devote her talents to raising her four children. She served as co-director of the Meals-on-Wheels organization in Creve Coeur, MO, and organized many other school- and parish-related engagements and has recently completed the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Ms. Sescleifer earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Patricia Sigmon

    Pat Sigmon served as founder, chief executive officer, and president of LPS Consulting, an award-winning enterprise resource planning solutions provider. During her tenure Ms. Sigmon served on numerous advisory boards. She is a speaker, lecturer and business author for publications including Forbes, Businessweek, Money, and The Wall Street Journal. Her book Six Steps to Creating Profit: A Guide for Small and Mid-Sized Service-Based Businesses was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ms. Sigmon earned her B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

  • Maureen Toner

    Maureen Toner was a founding member and chief operating officer of The Cube (now part of the NFHS Network), a free streaming platform that featured over 4,000 schools worldwide and captured more than 275,000 live events. Her previous experience includes roles at Price Waterhouse and Unitrin (now Kemper). Throughout her career, Ms. Toner was actively engaged in organizations such as Hephzibah Children’s Association, Horizons for Youth, Saint John of the Cross Parish, and The Chicago Lighthouse, where she provided readings of newspapers for vision-impaired listeners on CRIS Radio. Ms. Toner earned her M.B.A. from DePaul University and her B.B.A. in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College.

  • Evon Vogt

    "Terry" Vogt has had a career in a variety of international pursuits. He first worked a decade for Wells Fargo Bank, primarily overseas. Following that, Mr. Vogt joined a private equity investment business based in Rio de Janeiro for a decade and a half. He then became the chief operating officer of an international organization dealing with agriculture and sustainable development, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. After that, Mr. Vogt became director of sustainable conservation finance for the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. He subsequently made an investment in Terra Global Capital, a San Francisco firm promoting sustainable landscapes, mostly in tropical forests, where he maintains an advisory role. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, where he was also coach of the CU lacrosse team. His undergraduate degree is from Harvard in Latin American History. In 1996, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil, awarded Terry with the Order of Rio Branco.

  • Ida Watson

    Ida Watson has held roles at General Motors, Union City Body Co., Control Data Corporation, IBM, and most recently, as co-owner and vice president of public relations for Lexus of Mishawaka and as chief information officer of Brookdale Dodge in Minnesota before that. She has contributed to many local programs and causes, including Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders, the WNIT Executive Committee, the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, and the Center for Hospice Care in South Bend, IN. Ms. Watson earned her M.A. in Ministry from Bethel College, her B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and an Industrial Engineer Certificate from the General Motors (Kettering) Institute.

  • Martin Whalen

    Marty Whalen served as CEO of Martin Whalen Office Solutions, a third-generation, family owned business providing office machines and document technology to businesses in Illinois since 1936. He has served on numerous boards including HomeStar Bank and Financial Services, Riverside Hospital, the Kankakee Community Foundation, and the United Way of Kankakee County. Since 2016, Mr. Whalen has been an adjunct professor of business with the Moreau College Initiative, which offers credit-bearing college courses that lead to A.A. and B.A. degrees at Westville Correctional Facility in LaPorte, Indiana. Mr. Whalen earned his M.B.A from Olivet Nazarene University and his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.